Srs. Sandra Margarita Sierra Flores and Marie de Lovinfosse in a moment of prayer in the Mother House Chapel in Montreal
Photo, Claire Goyette, 2010

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Bringing Out Our Inner Light!

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic community of women religious of apostolic faithApostolic faith is the adherence of the whole person to Jesus and to the teachings He gave to his apostles.

This faith is oriented towards continuing the mission of Jesus: to reveal to the world God’s great love of humanity and to call humanity to live in love of God and of one’s neighbour for a better world and happier people.
founded in the by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, first educator of Montreal and a pioneer of New France.

We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peace­ful world for all peoples.

With love and joy, we sing life; we celebrate life! Magnificat!Magnificat is a song of joy!
(Click to hear the Sisters sing the Magnificat)
Guided by Christ, who lights our way, we journey forward, led by the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

How do we experience this journey in our everyday lives?

“Go, I will not abandon you.”

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys p. 143

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month

As November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, the students of Sydney Academy arranged a fundraiser to “Put your teacher in jail” for one class period. Each homeroom class was to bring in money to their homeroom teacher. The class who raised the greatest amount would then have their teacher arrested by staff member Constable Sonya Spencer of the Cape Breton Regional Police. The teacher would then be taken to a makeshift jail in the school cafeteria.

Congratulations to Sister Maureen Baldwin!

Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Baldwin, CND, who graduated with her Doctorate from Regis College and the University of Toronto on the Feast of Christ the King. Celebrating the occasion with the CNDs present were five members of her immediate family, as well as an aunt, an uncle and three cousins. A grand party followed at 877 Broadview Ave. 

Advent Reflection for November 29, 2015 – First Sunday of Advent

Greetings fellow travelers!  Our Advent journey begins today.  I am Kathy Chadwick.  I am a retired high school teacher from Pensacola, Florida.  I have had the privilege of being an associate for nearly 17 years.

Today’s Gospel urges us to “stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

I got stuck on the word stand.  There are many different ways we use that word in our ordinary speech.  I counted 21.  How many can you think of?  Stand up, stand for, stand with, stand together are just a few.  As I thought about this, I realized that most Visitation moments include the word stand.  We stand for something to those we meet.  We stand with others in a time of need.  We stand behind the weak to give them strength.  We stand up for the persecuted.


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This Changes Everything

Watch for a screening in your area of the documentary This Changes Everything. The film is inspired by Naomi Klein’s non-fiction book of the same name and visits communities around the world. Naomi narrates and shares her ideas that climate change crisis can help us see ways to improve our economic system. We have, through history, developed a disconnect with the natural world; we’ve worked to “control” and “master” nature. This film is about the power of people working together to promote change and make things happen differently. Groups and committees are arranging to show the film, often for no charge. 

Prayers for Paris

The UN Climate Conference in Paris starts in just a few days.

Don't forget to sign up for one hour of prayer with the Prayer Chain organized by Citizens for Public Justice. You can sign up and see who’s praying at: There are still lots of empty spots, especially in the second week. Click on the arrow on the calendar to see the empty slots available in week two. 

Visistation To Paris ~ Climate Conference

UPDATE  as of SUNDAY November 22, 2015 for CND Community (update 11/25)

As we all grapple with and pray through the suffering, death and carnage  of this past week in Paris, and other terrorized spaces throughout the world: safety, security, violence, war, hatred, mercy, courage, anger, justice, peace, home, transformation,  jump through our minds in ever shifting patterns. Considering all of this while listening and living our way through decisions about the Climate Conference has produced a heightened awareness of this for me and my partners heading to Paris.  There is an emerging belief that the terror attacks reflective of the world’s destructive, destructive and dominating powers and despair, and the Climate Conference drawing thousands of people to Paris in hope that we can change the way we understand, see and act toward our Earth and all her creatures and one another.

Once again our brother Francis has put it so well in a recent address:  we are not just living in an era of change, we in the changing of eras... and all creation is on tip toe to see the sons and daughters of the human species come into their own... from Mary to Marguerite and all her descendants as we begin a new visitation...

More from Paris:  Michele Morek and I will be sending updates from Paris using the UNANIMA website, and I will post to our CND sites as well.  

Taking Action For The Paris Climate Conference

As we get closer to the Paris Conference, we are all invited to take action in whatever way we can. JPIC is highlighting two ways to get involved:

1. Join in the walk for 100% Possible: Marching Together for Climate Solutions. The weekend of November 28/29, just before the Climate Conference starts, the world will stand together for a weekend of global action to send a powerful message to global governments: Keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. 


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